Eastern Conference Injury Updates
Ted Kulfan: Detroit Red Wings Jeff Blashill said that forward Justin Abdelkader is getting close to returning to the lineup. He could return early next week if he’s able to get in a full practice this week.
Charlie O’Connor: Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl will be out for about a month after breaking his pinky finger last night.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Defenseman Justin Schultz rejoins practice: “I feel good. It’s good to be out there with the guys again. Just trying to get ready to get back into a game here… We’ll see how I react to this practice. I think I’m really close.”
Pens Inside Scoop: Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist is out longer-term with a lower-body injury.
Forward Zach Aston-Reese is out with an illness.
Terry Koshan: The status for Toronto Maple Leafs forward Trevor Moore and his injured shoulder is still up in the air. Coach Sheldon Keefe said he’s still “weeks” away from returning. Last night was the eigth game he’s missed.
Samantha Pell: Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom is a game-time
decision tonight against the Kings.
Cap Friendly: The Capitals have activated forward Carl Hagelin from the LTIR. They have $746,754 in projected cap space with 21 players on the roster.
Samantha Pell: Capitals coach Todd Reirden will have an update on defenseman Radko Gudas before their game tonight. They don’t have a morning skate planned. They are hopeful they don’t have to make any roster moves.